The Development Application (DA) lodged in July 2019 was released for three weeks of public consultation last September and was last night approved, 8-4.

The potential hotel development has been in the pipeline since an Expression of Interest was lodged in 2014, after which council entered into a Preferred Developer Agreement with Hunter Developments.

The approved application – which includes a 60-room hotel, a guest reception and restaurant with terrace and lounge areas, additional and reconfigured existing car parking, as well as a visitor café and restaurant located adjacent to a significantly improved viewing area – has followed public consultation which recommended the developers revise plans twice, reducing the overall size, eliminating the proposed function centre and halving the amount of rooms.

The approved plan also includes a Management Plan for the Rosny Hill Reserve which involves developer / operator funding for the future management of the reserve.

Mayor Doug Chipman said the Rosny Hill development will provide both tourism and economic development opportunities for Hobart’s eastern shore.

“This project is strategically important for the city and the broader economy of the municipality,” Mayor Chipman said.

“The 5-star hotel on Rosny Hill will be a landmark tourist offering and will contribute to the activation of the night and cultural economies emerging in Clarence’s city centre,” he said.

“The development will also include new facilities, such as a lookout, café, and public open space at the summit of the hill, making the most of the spectacular views across the River Derwent to the Hobart city centre and Mt Wellington/Kunanyi.”

Four deputations against the proposal were presented, including representatives of the local Landcare group and the Rosny Hill Friends Network.